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ACE targets young with engineering app

A new smart phone app designed to inspire future generations to embrace careers in engineering and the built environment was launched last week by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering.

ACE Trails is an augmented reality walking tour of King’s Cross in London which through video and graphics unpacks the engineering and design treasures behind this unique development area.

Visitors to the area can access 15 specially commissioned videos featuring commentary and explanation by the engineers and designers behind some of the most exciting structures transforming and regenerating King’s Cross.

The app was developed by the ACE in partnership with industry sponsors as part of its centenary programme to help young people find out more about engineering.

It was launched by London’s deputy mayor Kit Malthouse, Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan, and Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins. They were joined at the launch by pupils from Hackney University Technical College, who helped to test the app and by engineering apprentices and recent graduates beginning engineering careers.

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